Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Odhams Encyclopaedia of Needlecraft Illustrated (n.d., early 1950s, first edition): Review (part 1)



Yet another boring date with Captain Batrachian. If he wasn’t careful, she’d shove his trans-dimensional tentacles down his throats.

Intergalactic travel wasn’t all she’d hoped for.

This first edition is a fantastic book it not only has a chapter on drafting patterns, it also includes sewing, making accessories embroidery, knitting, crochet, toy making and home decorating. The other amazing thing is that it is still readily available for a reasonable price.

There are some colour and monochrome photos, along with numerous line drawings. Of course, my goal is to select a project from the pattern drafting section and sew it up. As I am not planning to attend any retro-SF conventions in the near future I’ll save the dinner frock (shown above) for later.

The boned Victorian corset-style belt in silk or velvet adapted to a “normal waistline of 27 ins” is intriguing but perhaps a little too challenging for me to either make or wear. This scan of a model wearing the original 17 inch version just doesn’t do it justice:


Perhaps the shirt dress? I’ll discuss the pros and cons of this project soon.


  1. Why don't they make dresses like this anymore! So chic.

  2. Thank you for your comment. I don't know why there isn't more diversity in the shops where I live. What wonderful hats you have on your blog!